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Innovative technologies often emerge in the marketplace due to research conducted at universities, federal laboratories, and other not-for-profit institutions. Technology transfer is one of UCAR's six primary goals. Through the UCAR Foundation, the fruits of our research are made available for private firms to adapt into commercially viable products. Software and educational training modules developed within NCAR and UCAR Community Programs are also examples of our technology transfer activity. By commercializing knowledge and technology, the foundation amplifies the benefits of publicly supported science and establishes independent sources of revenue to help support further research at NCAR and UCAR. In addition to licensing technology directly to private firms, the foundation also invests in business development as a means of bringing the fruits of UCAR research to society.
The UCAR Foundation has managed NCAR's intellectual property developed by scientists and researchers since 1986. Through the establishment of the commercial partnerships with industry and the development of products from these technologies, UCARF Technology Commercialization provides important benefits to the public and promotes economic growth.
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